MEET A VOLUNTEER - Pam Catlin

MEET A VOLUNTEER:

Pam Catlin

It has been said that  “one of the sincerest forms of respect is actually listening” to others.  When you spend time with Pam, she listens with compassion and love.

Pam was born and raised in Dayton, Washington, a “tiny” community on the “dry” side of the state, mostly known for wheat farming.  Her father served as the County Extension Agent and was the go-to guy for working hand in hand with the local farmers.  Pam grew up with this exposure, plus various other family members in County Extension capacities, therefore it was no big surprise that there were only two choices for collegiate scholarship.

By her second year at Washington State University she was enrolled in Agriculture studies, specifically Ornamental Horticulture.  Early on Pam knew that the passion she felt was for “people and plants”, not phone and desk work.  Although at that age she reflects she didn’t realize spirit was placing her in just the right place at the right time, she felt a strong pull to listen and followed the lead that ultimately guided her to be one of the early pioneers in the Horticultural Therapy field. 

While working in the Spokane area in her mid-twenties, she initially resisted when people referred her to Unity of Spokane.  Finally, after attending an inspiring workshop in the community, she learned that the speaker was from the same Unity and  got the message that this was where she needed to be.  She has been with Unity ever since.  After taking a job at the Chicago Botanic Garden, she immediately attended Unity of Evanston, Illinois.  By the second weekend, she met a man named Tom. Career focused, she says these years were filled with great hope and joy.  Tom went off to ministerial school and she dove into the role of supervisor of H.T. services.

After Tom was ordained in 1990, the ministerial openings didn’t include Prescott, AZ.  They hadn’t even heard of it, yet a call came from someone named Will Hepburn, and they explored the option.  They have been Prescottonians ever since. 

Pam loves to hike, plays tennis regularly, and swims when she can.  She is very active in the Prescott community, volunteering at the Highland Center, Hungry Kids Program, and P.A.S.S. She also sings with the Hospice choir, and actively supports efforts with our Sister City, Caborca, Mexico. Although officially retired, Pam still teaches (once or twice a year) for the Horticultural Therapy Institute which attracts students from around the world.  

Pam has served in many capacities at Unity of Prescott, but special to her heart then and now have been the prayer ministry (Pastoral Care Team/Memorial Team) and the Unity Choir.  She is still very much involved in both. Pam also volunteers regularly on the Fellowship Team. Many Unity members have participated with Pam at Women’s events, Youth and Educational programs and fundraisers.  She has been on virtually every team at some point over the years. 

She is humbled by the attention; however, her example has served to inspire us to reach for deeper growth and to find joy in service.

With dedication and sincerity, Pam has demonstrated her love for this Unity community.  By becoming involved, she states, it is one of the best ways to make supportive, loving, connections.  Thank you for years of sharing, leading, and compassionate guidance.

Written by Bev Majerus The Meet a Volunteer column will be featured monthly.  Nominations were accepted for consideration. To offer a possible candidate for this column, please email: volunteer@unityprescott.org